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Beehives destroyed by vandals in Cogenhoe

Image caption Vandals knocked over the hives twice in two months

Vandals have forced a beekeeper to find new premises after destroying five hives in Northamptonshire.

Brian Dennis, 69, who owns the hives at Denton Road, Cogenhoe, had been on the site for 20 years.

He said: "I can't understand what pleasure they got from doing this. The damage they caused will cost more than £1,000."

This is the second time that vandals have targeted the hives which are situated on farmland.

Mr Dennis found out about the damage when the farmer who owns the land told him about it.

"I usually visit the site in the spring when activity starts for the bees but I had to go to the hives in March," he said.

Mr Dennis found that two of his hives had been knocked over.

"I spent five hours trying to fix the damage in the hope the bees might return," he said.

But unfortunately vandals came back to knock over all of the hives. Once the bees have been disturbed they rarely come back to the same place.

Mr Dennis has been keeping bees for 35 years.

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